Describing Confusing Emotions Can Improve Mental Health

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Describing Confusing Emotions Can Improve Mental Health

Emotions can be a jumbled mess, and describing confusing emotions (Eating Disorder Recovery: Dealing with the Emotions) can seem impossible. When emotions make us feel terrible and decrease our mental health, we often don't want to linger over them long enough to try to describe them. However, doing just that can actually improve mental health.

In her article Odd Emotions (Psychology Today, February, 2016), Rebecca Webber explains that putting emotions into words is a powerful thing to do because it helps us deal with them. (Learn How to Control Your Emotions and Feel Confident) When we can untangle the mess and pinpoint what we're feeling, when we can listen to what they're telling us and sort out those confusing emotions, we can begin to know what to do about them.

Describing messy emotions takes time. Sure, we can say we're "depressed," or "anxious," but that doesn't quite describe what's going on. That's because these, and other states of being, are so much more than emotions. So go beyond the term. What's going on in your external and internal worlds? Can you describe it in words or drawings or photos or music? What insights and understanding come to you? What do you want to do? The process of describing confusing emotions can indeed improve your mental health.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Describing Confusing Emotions Can Improve Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 19 from

Last Updated: June 3, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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